PROSPER MAGAZINE: DIGITAL EDITION
BLACK COUNTRY 2.0
BLACK COUNTRY 2.0
In February, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce launched the biggest campaign in its history in response to the challenges faced by the business community following Brexit and operating within the shadow of COVID-19.
Divided into three distinct stages of Rebooting, Rebuilding and Rebounding, the last two months have seen the Chamber work with its members, campaign business partners and other stakeholders to raise awareness of the issues confronting Black Country businesses.
Refocusing, re-energising and restructuring were of particular focus throughout this rebooting phase to ensure that, with lockdown restrictions beginning to ease, the voice of our members is amplified and listened to.
During this period, we have shone a spotlight on the needs of our importers and exporters following the end of the Brexit transition period, held our first Black Country 2.0 Steering Group and called for an increased rollout of lateral flow testing.
BLACK COUNTRY 2.0 STEERING GROUP
The Steering Group, made up of business partners Money Corp, Forresters, FBC Manby Bowdler, the EBC Group and Department for International Trade met virtually in March.
Discussions centred around digital investment and a rallying call for businesses to lobby ministers amidst the increasing threat of cybersecurity.
The group went on to discuss freight cost increases faced by many businesses along with futureproofing measures now being put in place by many firms via the legal services sector.
BLACK COUNTRY ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP
As Secretariat to the Black Country APPG, the Chamber has the opportunity to directly engage with the region’s MPs and highlight issues impacting their constituents’ ability to do business.
At the first meeting for 2021, Chamber members shared details of how their business were affected following the end of the transition period and the ongoing challenges about testing staff to ensure workplaces remain safe and COVID-19 free.